Friday, January 27, 2006

So... I think I like blogging.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
Yesterday when I asked Mark what he thought of my post and the picture he laughed and said that my desk was the one bright shining spot in our cave. He's right. I've realized with my pictures of the beaches and the cliffs surrounding our house I may have given the impression that we live in a lovely beach-front home. In fact, we do live in a cave. Well, not exactly. We live in a small 'ground floor flat.' In Canada we'd call it a 'basement apartment.' It used to be smaller but some long renovations turned our one bedroom into a two bedroom. It also has one strangely shaped room that was going to be an office until we bought a ski machine and it was the only room with a ceiling high enough for the machine. So now it's the gym (it's a three foot wide room that is basically a hallway to get to the bathroom so don't be too impressed!!)

The trade-off for living in such a beautiful place is that we are pretty isolated. There is magic in living in a small village but there are also lots of limitations. We have to drive everywhere for everything. For about eight months of the year the population here dwindles and the number of like-minded youngish artists and writers is a grand total of two - and it's us. Young people just can't afford to live where we are. We are able to only because of the amazing generosity of Mark's parents.

I've been a strange mixture of emotions these last few days. Yesterday I was so full of a strange manic energy that I had to go out for a long walk over the cliffs. When I was in my house I wasn't accomplishing anything, and I broke everything I touched (sorry Mark - xo.) I ended up on the beach in the picture. I watched the waves and the seagulls and tried very hard to think through what was going on in my head.

It all boils down to this. I should have started this blog ages ago! In the last few days I have connected with some of the most amazing, brave, open, and creative people. I haunted other people's blogs silently for a long time before I finally started my own. I knew that there was a community out there who was being supportive and creative and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I had no idea how powerful it would feel to step in. I find myself buzzing with energy. I want to paint and draw and write, but there is so much energy that I can't put it all into one place. I've met some wonderful women who are at the same stage in their blogging career and I'm just as excited for them as I am for me! This feels like the beginning of a great adventure. I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.


Jamie said...
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Alexandra S said...

Good Morning (or afternoon?),
I feel those exact same sentiments as you to the very last syllable around connecting with others in this online journal world. Who knew?!? Have you visited I think she maybe more than anyone else is who most inspired me to just start. Oh! and Laini and Jim too, and while I live in Portland which is not isolated at all and I love it here, still, even in a big city it seems its still so hard to find those kindred souls. When you read someone's words, you get to the heart right away. I'm so glad we started ours so close together and can share the experience and I'm even more glad to have a new blog I love as much as yours. Have a wonderful weekend!

Jamie said...

(Sorry, Megg. My turn to edit a post)

Good Morning!

YOU are a bright shining spot - no wonder you created a desk space that is the same!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your space, energy, creativity and the blog community.

Over the past week or so that I've stepped out into that world, I've felt the same kind of thing. Sometimes I'm abuzz with excitement (like when I got your first post!) and sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the possibilities.

I'm really excited to be on this adventure - and so glad to have found an adventurer like you!

Laini Taylor said...

Hi Meg! I've also for a while now read other blogs and been a little bashful even to comment, and even though I haven't started my own blog yet (soon!) I feel like there's this amazing web of connection that makes it possible to reach folks like you across the world - so marvelous!
My comment about your post today is to boo-hiss your decision to make your hall an exercise space instead of a studio. Hiss! (just kidding - the body is important, too, I know I know)
Mark's paintings are really beautiful, by the way.

Blue Dog said...

I'm glad you started a blog too...and I'm glad I found it. :)

I enjoyed this post--reading about where you live and create and about the energy that overflows and can only be contained by a walk.

Something about reading your words and looking at your photos reminds me that the world is big and the possibilities endless. Thank you for that.

Colleen said...

Hi Meg!
This blog will be a great way for myself and your other friends back here in Canada to keep in touch. It is freezing here today so the beach pics are really making me jealous! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the months to come.

chest of drawers said...

I know just how you feel!!!